*** Updated April 1, 2021 ***
2ND ROUND OF COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS THIS WEEKEND
We just confirmed that the next shipment of 1st dose Moderna vaccines will arrive in Nipissing First Nation today (April 1, 2021). This shipment is for those 18 years and over who have registered to get a vaccine here in NFN.
If you have registered and are on the wait list, we look forward to booking your appointment as soon as possible for 1 of 2 vaccine clinics this weekend. With this shipment, everyone who has registered to date will be offered their 1st dose of vaccine before the end of this weekend. A reminder that you do not need to register for your 2nd dose. Our Health Services team will call you to book your appointment when vaccines for 2nd doses are received.
You must register in advance and will then be called for a vaccine appointment based on priority and the time at which you registered.
CRITERIA TO BE ADDED TO THE COVID-19 VACCINE REGISTRATION LIST:
- You are over 16 years old; and
- Live in Nipissing First Nation; or
- Are a Nipissing First Nation member living off-reserve and can attend a vaccine clinic here; or
- You are employed by Nipissing First Nation, or by a business located on NFN.
If you meet the criteria, and would like to get the COVID-19 Vaccine, please call to register as soon as possible. You should not wait until the vaccine arrives.
PLEASE NOTE: The North Bay Indigenous Hub will be hosting vaccine clinics for the urban Indigenous community of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Districts and can be reached at 705-995-0060 for more information. If you live in another urban area, please contact your local Health Unit or Friendship Centre.
TO REGISTER FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE:
- Call the Lawrence Commanda Health Centre at 705-753-3312 to have your name put on the vaccine registration list.
- If the automated message picks up, dial extension 2232 or 0 to bypass. If all phone lines are busy, voicemail will pick up and prompt you to leave your name and number.
- You should expect to receive a follow-up call by a team member within 48 hours to complete the registration process.
- Please only call once to register, and allow 48 hours for us to return your call. If you call in on a weekend, this window may be extended to 72 hours due to the high volume of calls.
We will not be accepting walk-up/walk-in vaccine appointments. Everyone must be pre-registered.
(Note: We are currently in Phase 1 of Ontario’s three-phase plan that prioritizes vaccines for those at greatest risk of severe illness and those who care for them. Indigenous communities are considered a priority group in Phase 1, however due to supply limitations, we need to prioritize our vaccines based on age.)
If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 vaccines, please contact our Community Health Nurse, Carole Lafantaisie, at 705-753-3312 or 705-840-8830 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Avoid social gatherings and limit close contacts to those in your house. It is also recommended you wear a face covering when meeting with others from another household whether you are indoors or outdoors.